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Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate with Leigh Brown

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Oct 20, 2017

Snow boots or cowboy boots? Pizza or salad? Director of Marketing Frankee Chapa talks about the difference between real estate in Maine and Texas, the “real estate 15” (or 30) and ways to combat it, and the importance of putting your best out there, whether it’s your personal appearance or your MLS photos.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:50 – As the Director of Marketing for an office, Frankee works in San Antonio, Texas and has been in real estate for about 6 years, starting in Maine
  • 01:42 – She likes to discuss the difference between the real estate business in Maine vs. Texas
    • 01:50 – small town vs. city, rural vs. urban, only small business vs. tons of options
    • 02:30 – the “real estate 15” (or maybe more like 30!) instead of the “freshmen 15” because of the number of builders, warranty companies, etc. etc. that feed you unhealthy food all the time
    • 03:16 – Frankee schedules these meetings and tries to push for healthier food
  • 04:20 – How do you keep your realtors from getting fat?
    • 04:24 – Health challenges each month like drinking a gallon of water or exercising for 30 minutes each day
    • 04:54 –In real estate you care about your image and show that with outfits and your outward appearance
  • 05:15 – What else is different between Maine and Texas, besides the “real estate 15/30”?
    • 05:20 – In Maine you always keep your snow boots in your trunk, in Texas they’re replaced with cowboy boots
    • 05:52 – The outfits are very different, in Texas they’re big and beautiful and in Maine they’re more simple
  • 06:13 – The importance of dress
  • 06:10 – Dress like a professional that is handling your client’s important asset
  • 6:30 – If you dress like you care, it changes the way you carry yourself
  • 07:04 – The agents in Texas look dressy with a good pair of cowboy boots
  • 07:20 – The number of agents: In Maine there were 900, ½ of which were probably part-time, and in Texas there are 10,000
  • 08:00 – It seems like there is less competition in Maine, but it’s a head game because not all agents are good and hardworking, so the pool of good agents is small wherever you go
  • 08:23 – Many realtors don’t focus on professional photos, marketing, and what clients want
  • 08:58 – Frankee saw a realtor who took photos of a property, took a screenshot on their phone of the photo, then actually uploaded that to the MLS for buyers to see
  • 09:26 – This was a bigger company and Frankee is surprised that it was allowed by the company and the client
  • 10:15 – Taxidermy room on MLS...appropriate?
  • Frankee works at ReMaxx North San Antonio: Website

3 Key Points

  1. Maintain your personal appearance – beat the “real estate 15” with challenges at the office.
  2. Every state has its style, but always keep it classy!
  3. No matter how competitive your market, stand out with quality, professional work.

Credits

Oct 17, 2017

Not feeling the love?—Pinky sure wasn’t when a client decided to critique everything from her dress to “the old lady in the bathroom.” While the haters were busy hating, Pinky decided to keep on taking control of the real estate game with creative videos, unique property stories, and...septic tanks? 

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:56 – Today’s guest is an amazing force in real estate with incredible social media and marketing skills
  • 01:06 – “Pinky Knows Naples” is the name of her show
  • 02:20 – Client story: Pinky loves using video for properties, her community, and everything in her life and appreciates constructing criticism
  • 03:25 – During a walkthrough she told her artist-type client to be aware of her art and paint and how it may be perceived by potential buyers
  • 05:36 – She and videographer still filmed the property and the client didn’t like it but didn’t provide constructive criticism
  • 06:30 – She had held a viewing party of the 3-minute video and finally told Pinky that she thinks she “slouches too much”
  • 07:45 – She doesn’t normally share that she had a chronic lung disease as a child that affects her posture, but she shared this with the client, apologizing if it affected the video
  • 08:24 – Client then states that she looked like she was going to “fall out of her dress,” and there was some “old lady in the bathroom,” revealing that the “viewing party” was of multiple of her real estate videos
  • 09:40 – That “old lady in the bathroom” was helping share the story of her home because she loved her bathroom and the vanity
  • 10:30 – Pinky felt like the client was so critical and didn’t understand the concept, and they couldn’t work together because the client couldn’t be made happy and even wanted Pinky’s commission reduced if an offer was less than the asking price
  • 11:50 – “How do I get comfortable in front of the camera?”
  • 12:00 – Know that there will always be critical people and learn to laugh it off and move on
  • 12:25 – There will always be more people who will appreciate what you do rather than critique it
  • 12:40 – Suck it up and recognize their nastiness as a reflection of themselves, and just do you
  • 13:09 – Ask the homeowner why they bought the house and what they love and make that a focal point
  • 13:45 – Even if it’s the fact that there are two septic tanks, find a creative way to showcase it as a selling point: Are you “full of shit?” for example
  • 15:33 – Contact Information: If you are looking for a creative marketer in Naples
  • 15:42 – Website and on Facebook search “Pinky knows Naples”

3 Key Points

  1. Video is an excellent and creative way to tell a property’s story.
  2. There will always be critics – just do you.
  3. Always ask the owner what THEIR favorite part of the house is – then showcase it (unless it’s horrendous “art!”).  

Credits

Oct 3, 2017

The last thing you’d expect during a house visit is to be greeted by a house owner in his birthday suit. But, since this is the case for today’s guest, Jason Peé, tune-in to find out just how he handled this unsavory predicament. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Jason Peé, a realtor in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode 
  • 00:35 – Leigh introduces Jason 
  • 00:57 – Jason is from Charleston  
  • 01:12 – Leigh shares the first time she met Jason 
  • 03:05 – Tax sales can be risky, but if you’re a long-termer, it shouldn’t be that bad 
  • 03:20 – Most people are after the interest  
  • 04:02 – Jason and Leigh both love the article about the couple who bought a street in San Francisco  
  • 04:24 – There was a property in Charleston that Jason was looking up for his client, but he had a hard time finding the owner  
  • 05:00 – Jason met the owner  
  • 06:30 – The 85-year old owner greeted Jason at his front door naked 
  • 09:00 – Jason felt uncomfortable and told his client what was happening over the phone 
  • 09:20 – Jason told the owner that he’d just leave the offer, so he can think about it 
  • 10:01 – Jason got a call from the owner two days later 
  • 10:20 – The owner told Jason that he appreciated the fact that Jason did not tell him to put on clothes because he hates clothes 
  • 10:30 – The owner told Jason that he’s open to the deal 
  • 11:00 – Jason shares some other weird experiences during a house visit 
  • 12:10 – Assumptions made about realtors 
  • 12:36 – Jason always tries to educate his neighborhood 
  • 13:12 – Jason lost everything he had during the market crash 
  • 13:31 – Jason now tries to give back to people by helping them 
  • 14:14 – Get opinions before offering your place to people who buy property 
  • 14:37 – The flip sales explained 
  • 15:42 – Ask your community who you should talk to if you need help with your property 
  • 16:20 – Realtors want to protect affordable housing too 
  • 16:39 – Jason knows just who to work with  
  • 17:06 – Jason shares about a deal that one of his colleagues had 
  • 18:53 – Jason wants investors to have fair play in the market  
  • 20:50 – Reach Jason at www.charlestonglobalpropertyshop.com or at 68 Line Street, Charleston, SC 
  • 21:18 – Jason is getting his new office on King St.  
  • 21:35 – Call or text Jason at 843-532-0128 If you have questions—even if it’s just about Charleston 
  • 23:10 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate  

3 Key Points 

  1. Stay professional regardless of the circumstance—don’t tell people what they should or should not do.  
  2. When selling your property, seek opinions from those who are well-versed in the industry, don’t fall prey to flip sales. 
  3. Invest in a manner that’s fair.   

Credits 

Sep 26, 2017

Prepare to be entertained in this extremely hilarious episode with Alex Milshteyn. Alex starts off by sharing a story of being booted out of the house because of his age and he delves into a time when he was the subject of some unsavoury, unwanted publicity. While signing off, Alex imparts some great advice for all the young realtors who are still getting their feet wet in the business. Tune-in and learn the benefits of working your butt off, building loyalty and finding a mentor. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:30 – Leigh welcomes Alex
  • 01:14 – Alex lives from Ann Arbor, Michigan has been in real estate for 18 years
  • 03:30 – Alex shares his first story: “Sometimes you don’t get what you expect”
    • 03:37 – While doing floor time at his office, Alex got a phone call from a woman who wished to sell her house
    • 04:15 – He set up a meeting and arrived at the woman’s house at the appointed time
    • 04:22 – Alex was young and inexperienced at the time—he’d been in the business for just 6 months
    • 04:46 – Before letting Alex in, the woman looked over his shoulder to see if there was anyone else with him
    • 04:58 – When Alex expressed interest in starting the tour of the house, the woman said, “I want to wait till Alex gets here to start the tour”
    • 05:20 – On being informed that the 18-year-old in front of her was in fact Alex, the woman kept looking at him incredulously
    • 05:44 – Saying that Alex was not old enough, the woman walked Alex out of the house
    • 06:13 – The woman refused to return any of Alex’s numerous calls, and her house never went on the market
    • 06:37 – On reflecting back, Alex felt that the woman was expecting a hot date, and Alex did not fit her bill
  • 08:05 – Alex shares his second story: “Not all publicity is good publicity”
    • 08:22 – Alex was having an extremely hard time selling a house with an extremely unconventional design
    • 08:37 – After having the house on the market for six months, Alex was desperate to sell this house
    • 08:50 – In his desperation, Alex contacted a staging company to get a tenant with really nice furniture to come and stay in the house
    • 09:20 – Alex thought it was a good proposition since the tenants agreed to move out of the house in case of a sale and with no notice
    • 10:19 – Was hopeful of striking a deal as the price was also reduced
    • 11:19 – Was shocked to see this house with his “For Sale” sign and his name being covered in daily news
    • 11:35 – The tenant, a masseuse decided to get frisky with a client, and was accused of rape
    • 12:05 – Rushed to the house to remove his “For Sale” sign
    • 12:27 – This entire incident left Alex embarrassed and his seller fuming
    • 12:35 – Alex managed to placate the seller, keep his job and sell 20 more houses for the seller
  • 14:00 – Avoided using his photo in advertising for five years after joining the realty business
    • 14:07 – Clients are hesitant in dealing with someone who looks young and inexperienced (which he is not)
  • 15:35 – Consciously decides not to hard sell a property by providing a full disclosure of positives and negatives to the client; let’s go off short-term gains to build long-term client loyalty
  • 16:41 – Realtors should have savings or a backup plan so that they do not feel pressured to compromise interests of their clients
  • 17:26 – Alex does not sell, but he just talks and gives people his honest opinion
  • 18:15 – When you are young and inexperienced, the only value you can show is by “working your butt off”
  • 18:47 – Realize that a “No” right now might not be a “No” forever; keep on calling till a “No” converts to a “Yes”, or the client asks you to stop calling
  • 19:04 – Call them back, keep following up and work your butt off because, if you do that, you will be successful
  • 19:15 – Unfortunately no one was interested in mentoring Alex when he started off; however, today, you can join one of the various support groups on Facebooks to get help
  • 19:39 – Watch and learn from your competitors; Alex has surpassed many of his competitors that he learnt from in the initial years
  • 20:12 – Get in touch with Alex through his website or email
  • 21:44 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. Getting a mentor is a great idea, especially in the initial stages of your career.
  2. Realize that a “No” right now might not be a “No” forever; keep on calling till a “No” converts to a “Yes”, or the client asks you to stop calling.
  3. When you are young and inexperienced, the only value you can show is by “working your butt off”.

Credits

Sep 22, 2017

Tune-in and listen to an enthusiastic George Wonica share the best and most entertaining stories from his 26 years as a realtor. Being the son of a realtor, George started off in this business at a young age, and has a wide arsenal of interesting stories to tell. George offers his advice for those wanting to buy or sell a house and he urges everyone to get better at what they do, but at the same time, to NEVER forget to have FUN along the way. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:32 – Leigh welcomes George
  • 01:23 – From Staten Island, New York, George is a broker associate, certified residential appraiser and mortgage broker
    • 01:33 – George has held a broker license for 25-26 years now
  • 02:13 – Being the son of a realtor and in this business for so long, George has a wide repertoire of stories
  • 02:37 – Story #1: “Sorting out marital issues”
    • 02:43 – Happened 15-16 years ago while doing an appraisal
    • 03:04 – Had to inspect the house with only the wife present
    • 03:25 – When George entered the house to inspect, the woman sent her kid outside to play with her friends
    • 03:43 – Dressed provocatively in a robe, the lady started talking about her marital issues
    • 04:22 – The woman asked George to come up with a really low price so that she could buy out her husband
    • 04:28 – George firmly stated that he was appointed by the court to appraise a fair value
    • 04:37 – Expressing that she was ready to do anything, the lady opened up her robe
    • 05:20 – Based on what happened, George’s father could not wait to go to the property himself!
    • 05:40 – When George’s father finally got the chance to inspect the house, the kid stayed in the house the whole time and nothing out of the ordinary happened
  • 06:27 – Story #2: “Love knows no boundaries”
    • 06:43 – While working on a foreclosed property, George came across a property that had a lockbox on it
    • 06:56 – When he tried to do walk-in, he found out that somebody was actually living in that foreclosed, vacant house
    • 07:21 – Often squatters break into a foreclosed house; however, squatters do not tend to respond, and simply run away when confronted
    • 07:51 – He was surprised to find out that the intruders were not squatters, but a couple of real estate agents
    • 08:06 – He found out that the agents decided to make the house their “love shack”
    • 08:43 – Even today when he runs into these agents, he can’t help but smile
  • 09:58 – “Always have a lot of fun in this business. You never know who you are going to find, whom you are going to meet, or what you are going to walk into!”
  • 11:25 – Getting mentored by his father has contributed to George’s success
    • 12:44 – He’s learned a lot about owning property and purchasing property from his father; he bought his first property before he even started drinking
    • 13:05 – Got an early start since he could build upon what he learnt from his dad
  • 13:30 – In spite of his old age, George’s father does not shy away from using the latest technologies and gadgets
  • 15:43 – “You have to smile and you have to have fun. Don’t take anything too seriously”; outlook has changed after having 3 kids
  • 16:38 – Try to have fun every single day, try to get better at what you do every single day, and try to be a better person every single day
  • 17:03 – Buyers and sellers do not want you to be serious all the time; they want you to give real opinions, have real falls and live life with them
    • 17:36 – George believes in wearing his heart on his sleeve and calling a spade, a spade
  • 18:54 – Contact George through his website; though George works primarily in Staten Island and Brooklyn, he can connect you with realtors anywhere in the New York State
  • 19:34 – Alternatively, you can connect with George via Instagram or Facebook; gswonicasells is George’s Snapchat id
  • 19:44 – Call George on 718-442-2880 (Ext. 105)
  • 21:24 – Takes time off to play with and coach his kids
  • 22:28 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate
  • 22:43 – Visit Crazyshitinrealestate to access shownotes for this episode

3 Key Points

  1. Wear your heart on your sleeve and call a spade a spade; buyers and sellers want your real, honest opinion.
  2. Try to have fun every single day, try to get better at what you do every single day, and try to be a better person every single day.
  3. Find a good mentor who can help you find success early on in your career.

Credits

Sep 19, 2017

In this episode, Leigh’s guest, Tim Morgan whose story is enough to scare off any new realtor away from the profession. Tune in as Tim explains his “hairy” situation. He delves into what he would’ve done differently given this crazy event were to happen again and opens the discussion with Leigh about KEY safety precautions EVERY realtor should take at showings. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:38 – Leigh welcomes Tim Morgan
  • 01:08 – Tim has been in real estate for 3 years and he works in the area of Nashwood, New Hampshire; he is 21 years old but looks like he’s 12
  • 02:49 – Tim was looking at houses with a client
    • 02:52 – Every time he showed a house, it always ended with an awkward goodbye
    • 03:23 – The looked at a vacant property, and as they finished the downstairs, they made their way to the top
    • 03:48 – As Tim stepped into the master bath, his client had dropped his plants
    • 03:59 – Tim was stuck in a “hairy situation”
    • 04:08 – As a new agent, it was scary
    • 04:23 – Tim was trapped, there were no exits
    • 04:40 – Tim was standing there not knowing what to say or do
    • 04:53 – Tim said to the client, “Real estate services are the only things I provide”
    • 04:58 – THe client zipped up his pants and parted ways with Tim
    • 05:03 – Tim followed up, and the client ended up buying the condo they had the incident in
    • 05:48 – This has never happened since with any other client
    • 06:03 – Tim sent him the typical gifts he’d send his previous clients to maintain contact, but didn’t receive any further business for him
  • 06:44 – Leigh wants to highlight the need for safety for realtors
    • 07:02 – “You put yourself into a dangerous situation”
    • 07:08 – What would you do differently?
    • 07:15 – Tim says that he’d advise another agent or someone from the office where he was going to be
    • 07:38 – Tell your client to venture the property by themselves first
  • 07:46 – Sometimes new realtors put themselves at unnecessary risk to make that first sale
  • 08:03 – Make sure you have access to your phone
  • 08:12 – Ensure you have an exit strategy
  • 08:53 – Make sure you have an unlocked back door
  • 09:00 – Don’t put yourself in the driveway first, so that you can be blocked in
  • 09:38 – Tim showed the utmost professionalism by focusing on the real estate
  • 10:00 – He followed up on the sale and followed through on his real estate services—Leigh commends Tim
  • 11:22 – Tim meets clients at a Starbucks first; then moves on to the actual listings as a safety measure
  • 11:37 – Tim has an agent-partner that has full access to his schedule for accountability and safety reasons
  • 11:55 – There are great agents out there that aren’t always competing with you and can partner with you in this way
  • 12:30 – Email Tim at tim@morganmoves.com or call him 603-769-1571
  • 13:03 – Leigh is glad that Tim persevered past that unsavoury early real estate experience
  • 13:15 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Realtors should build each other up and watch out for each other—not solely just compete with one another.
  2. As a realtor, do what you need to ensure your safety at viewings.
  3. Whatever situation you run into, it pays to maintain your professionalism.

Credits

Sep 15, 2017

Listeners will instantly establish an instant connection with Stanley Babinski who lost his only son to cancer. In this extremely emotional episode, Stanley talks about how he carry on the legacy of his son. Losing his son made him realize the futility of chasing materialistic pleasures. He urges everyone to treasure every moment with your near and dear ones. Tune-in and learn more about how Stanley is fighting hard to cope the best way he can from his tragic loss.

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Time Stamped Show Notes 

  • 00:35 – Leigh welcomes Stanley
  • 00:54 – Stanley lives in Washington, Michigan, a suburb twenty miles north of Detroit
  • 01:52 – Goal Number 7: “Enjoy Life”
    • 02:00 – Story is about Stanley’s son who tragically passed away from cancer 7 years back just after his 20th birthday
    • 02:16 – Started a foundation in the memory of his son which provides benefits for football players
    • 02:40 – Criteria for picking beneficiaries is perseverance, responsibility, integrity, dignity and educational excellence
    • 03:00 – Reached out to Boys and Girls Club in Royal Oak, Michigan to see if he could start something in this area; Stanley was able to establish a club in 18 months
    • 03:25 – Stanley’s son had written down Goal #7: “Enjoy life” while bravely putting up a fight against cancer
    • 03:33 – Stanley’s son wanted to beat the disease, be responsible, move out of the house, get a good paying job and lastly, to enjoy life to the fullest
    • 03:46 – Developed strength to start working on his mission 7 years after his son passed away; started fundraising for the local Boys and Girls Club and his foundation 7-7-17
  • 04:23 – Stanley’s son was a football player as well; A 6’2” gentle giant who could destroy you if he wanted to, but he chose to play instead
  • 05:15 – Chose to push forward, remember him and let other people know that we are here only for a short time, and we have to enjoy what’s happening
  • 05:47 – Stanley says that community support has helped him move forward – Stanley is grateful that the community has been receptive to his ideas
  • 06:01 – There is more to life than chasing materialistic pleasures
  • 06:31 – Treasure every moment and understand that it can be taken away tomorrow
  • 07:01 – Serves as unit director of the Stanley Ian Babinski Unit
    • 07:13 – Is available M-F during the school year from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
    • 07:18 – Facilitates programs on academic success, character, leadership, citizenship and healthy lifestyle, recreational activities as well as cooking classes
    • 08:00 – Personally conducts the cooking classes; the small mishaps make the classes all the more heartwarming for Ian
  • 08:41 – Stanley helps other families cope with the loss of their children; you might feel guilty about experiencing pleasure, but you need to remember that your child wants you to be happy
  • 09:09 – To mourn forever would not make them happy in their afterlife
  • 09:36 – Places no importance on the materialistic aspect of business; gets pleasure out of the fact that he is in a business where he can bring joy to people
  • 10:48 – At the Boys and Girls Club, kids learn how to be practical and serve others
  • 10:57 – Business associates are sliding back to their old ways as the economy grows stronger
  • 11:28 – If you can mentor kids to give, they will see the joy that others get out of it and you will get just as much out of life (or more) than from material things
  • 12:34 – Listen to people, let them talk, let them vent, don’t judge and be a gentleman
  • 13:35 – Call Stanley at 586-362-3310
  • 13:45 – If you wish to donate, be a sponsor or purchase an “Enjoy Life” T-shirt please log on to The Boys and Girls Clubs Alternatively you can also contact Ian via Facebook
  • 14:28 – Let us show Stanley our love by having #EnjoyLife trending on Twitter
  • 15:16 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. Treasure every moment and remember that it can be taken away.
  2. While moving on with life is hard for parents who lose a child, it is important to remember that mourning forever would not make our children happy in their afterlives.
  3. Listen to people, let them talk, let them vent, don’t judge and be polite.

Credits

Sep 8, 2017

Listeners get a heartfelt invitation into the love story of Sid and Rhonda Pugh. This lovely, real estate couple share how they found each other in a GRI course and discuss why persistence is KEY when it comes to pursuing that “YES” that can change the entire course of your life. Tune-in to find out why anything is possible in real estate.  

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:39 – Today’s episode is not just about real estate, but relationships 
  • 00:45 – Leigh welcomes Sid and Rhonda 
  • 01:08 – Sid and Rhonda are in Huntsville and they work in North Alabama and lower Tennessee areas 
  • 01:37 – Sid started real estate in Colorado Springs back in 1979, before he moved to Huntsville 
  • 02:07 – Rhonda got her real estate license in 1975 
  • 02:51 – Sid moved to Alabama in 1981 because the real estate market in Colorado Springs was going downhill  
  • 03:09 – Sid was recently divorced then and he went to a week-long GRI class, where he met Rhonda 
  • 03:56 – They went to lunch and Rhonda asked him a hundred questions while Sid asked only one (if they could go out) which she declined 
  • 04:16 – Being a realtor, Sid knew that “sales” are made after the 5th or 6th “NO” 
  • 04:22 – After 3 months of Sid’s persistence, Rhonda finally said “yes” 
  • 06:51 – They’re celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary this November 
  • 07:01 – Their real estate businesses stayed separate for a while 
  • 07:11 – Rhonda was working with her mom when her dad passed away 
  • 07:59 – Training today in real estate is so good compared to what realtors had back then 
  • 09:03 – Sid and Rhonda are living proof of the training you can receive from GRI courses 
  • 09:34 – Rhonda didn’t really have any desire to date back then as she already had 2 sons and had been by herself for 5 years 
  • 09:56 – Sid kept asking her why she kept resisting – Rhonda really didn’t want to get involved 
  • 10:30 – Sid proposed 
  • 11:23 – “It was a long 2-day discussion” 
  • 11:37 – Rhonda’s friends helped them talk and think it over 
  • 11:57 – They both knew they were right for each other, but they were both scared to get hurt as well 
  • 12:10 – Within the first 3 weeks of marriage, they were already talking about annulment—they sat down, talked, and realized both of them were feeling vulnerable 
  • 13:17 – The key to Sid and Rhonda’s relationship is keeping Christ the center of it 
  • 14:41 – Sid and Rhonda work together every day 
  • 14:51 – They had 2 girls after they got married; now they have 8 grandchildren 
  • 15:24 – RE/MAX ALLIANCE is Sid and Rhonda’s company 
  • 15:29 – Call their team at 256-533-7653 or call RE/MAX ALLIANCE 256-799-2999 
  • 15:51 – They have 3 divisions within their team – residential resale, new home, and property management 
  • 16:37 – Call Sid directly at 256-337-7653 or email him at sid@pughgroup.com 
  • 17:36 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points 

  1. Real estate can open up a whole host of opportunities you’ve never thought of—professional and personal.  
  2. Persistence is KEY when it comes to making that “sale”. 
  3. Keep your values at the center of your relationship to sustain all things.  

Credits 

Aug 29, 2017

In this episode, Leigh’s guest, Rosemary Buerger shares how a young couple had to learn a very hard lesson while selling their house providing further proof that you need help and protections in place when it comes to selling your home. Realtors and owners alike need to due their due diligence when it comes to who they allow into the home. This crazy story involves two houses, terrible tenants and $10,000 worth of damage.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:42 – Leigh welcomes Rosemary Buerger
  • 00:52 – Rosemary says they are experiencing great growth in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 01:34 – Fort Bragg is located in Fayetteville; Rosemary is a proud, army wife and army daughter and this is what brought her to Fayetteville
  • 02:45 – Last year, Rosemary listed a home which had tenants in it and she could not take photos of it at first
    • 03:17 – The tenants refused a prospective buyer into the house and her client told them they only have a month’s lease left
    • 03:48 – A month later, Rosemary receives an inquiry about the house, but later found out that the caller was inquiring about the tenants
    • 04:25 – Rosemary found out the tenants made an offer on the person’s home (the one who called), moved in early paying only the security deposit and then cancelled the contract two days before close and refused to move out
    • 05:10 – The couple who owned the house had to hire an attorney and the wife kept asking Rosemary questions about what she should do
    • 06:02 – The tenants caused $10,000 in damages, they not only caused damage to the house, but they also had to pay the attorney’s fees on top of having to clean the mess they made in the house
    • 06:48 – Rosemary says the tenants did not take care of the house because they knew all along they could not afford it
    • 06:56 – Rosemary says agents and consumers have to be very careful in letting people into their homes
    • 07:21 – The house eventually was listed and a sale was going smoothly when Rosemary received a call from the buyer’s agent saying they were terminating right before closing, unless the offer was decreased by $10,000
    • 08:31 – Rosemary says you have to know who you are dealing with
  • 08:51 – Leigh says it is the realtors who know that things like early possession do not work
  • 09:31 – Rosemary says there are ways you can protect yourself if you are the buyer
  • 10:21 – Consumers have to understand that agents are also protecting the memories of their homes
  • 10:39 – There is a due diligence deposit if you want to buy a house
    • 11:23 – There are states that do not have laws about real estate
  • 12:07 – Leigh says clients should also keep their mouths shut about the stories of their properties because buyers can use it to their advantage
  • 13:10 – Rosemary says nobody could anticipated what her client would go through, the young couple had to learn things the hard way
  • 14:07 – Call 910-984-6794 or check out Rosemary’s website
  • 15:28 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Due our diligence to protect yourself and your home—get to know the people who are buying your house.
  2. Ask your realtor what protection you have in place as the one who is selling your house.
  3. Do not share every detail or story about your house to those who are interested in your home as they can take advantage of it.

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Aug 25, 2017

In this episode, Leigh’s guest, Melanie Schmidt, shares the how the love story unfolded between her client and her daughter. Melanie admits to taking on a matchmaker role in their relationship; in fact, she strongly urged her client to get a haircut so she could send his picture to her daughter. Talk about guts! Tune-in to hear the outcome of this matchmaking story and how Melanie’s sincerity and openness paves the way for her success in the real estate world.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:38 – Leigh welcomes Melanie Schmidt
  • 00:55 – Melanie lives in Minnesota, has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and has been in real estate for 16 years
  • 01:25 – Melanie’s goal is to make people’s dreams come true and she works within her client’s timeframe; before real estate, she had a home daycare
  • 02:20 – Melanie is a hugger and she explains this to her clients during their meetings
  • 03:01 – Melanie’s youngest son works with her and says he is the best thing that has happened to her in real estate
    • 04:06 – People initially think they are a husband and wife team, but she proudly corrects them to say that he is her baby
  • 04:47 – Melanie met her future son-in-law while selling him a house; she fell in love with him, so she set him up with her daughter
    • 05:27 – Melanie told him to get a haircut so she could take a picture of him and he did
    • 05:45 – She then sent the picture to her daughter who thought he was cute
    • 05:58 – The blind date Melanie set up for them involved 13 people
    • 06:15 – The couple met in 2009 and got married in 2012—the same day Melanie and her husband started dating
    • 07:02 – During their wedding dance, the couple used Melanie and her husband’s song
  • 07:24 – Melanie’s son-in-law often checks on her if she needs help with anything
  • 07:47 – During the wedding, her son-in-law shared how she was instrumental in their love story
  • 08:40 – Melanie could not be happier with her son-in-law
  • 09:11 – Melanie says if you could match-make a romantic relationship, you can match-make with real estate by working with the right realtor
  • 10:04 – Leigh says being open to meeting people and asking questions is a good trait for agents and there is huge power in being so open
  • 11:15 – Leigh is honest with her clients because she is there to protect them
  • 11:41 – Contact Melanie at melanie@theschmidt-group.com, 507-259-8836 or info@theschmidt-group.com
  • 12:28 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Being a good matchmaker in romantic relationships utilizes the very same skills needed to make a match in real estate.
  2. Being open to meeting new people can lead to great relationships.
  3. There is huge power in being open and transparent with your clients—you are there to protect them and being open is the means to build that trust.

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Aug 22, 2017

In this episode, Leigh’s guest, Nick French, shares how making connections in real estate can not only find you your future daughter-in-law, these connections can also save your life. This story takes listeners into the world of real estate and all that it has to offer. Nick also shares his KEY piece of advice for those new agents looking to stay at forefront of the real estate industry. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:38 – Leigh welcomes Nick French
  • 00:57 – Nick is located in Memphis, Tennessee and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has been in the business for 44 years
  • 01:33 – Nick’s late wife, Gail, was in the Women’s Council of Realtors and she was sent a referral by Sheila (president of the council at the time), a woman named Tracy
    • 02:04 – Gail was booked, so their son, Taylor, met with Tracy to look at houses
    • 02:37 – After closing, Taylor invited Tracy to a celebratory dinner to which she declined but they eventually got together and were married in 2001
    • 02:54 – Nick says the first dividend from the referral is his daughter-in-law, the second is his granddaughter
    • 03:14 – Sheila went to the wedding with her husband and also planned on touring Tennessee, but she got a brown recluse spider bite and had to fly back to Phoenix
    • 04:10 – The bite was cut out and the doctors found a carcinoma underneath the bite that the doctors were able to remove
  • 04:44 – There are always heartfelt connections in real estate
  • 05:25 – Nick says you will always earn wages in real estate; whether it be in dollars, in love, or in family and emotions and they are all good
  • 05:57 – Nick advises realtors to get your designations and continue learning after the fact because nothing will keep you on the forefront of real estate than continuing your education
  • 06:55 – Contact Nick at nick@nickfrench.com
  • 07:30 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Making connections with people can save your life.
  2. There are tangible and intangible wages you earn doing real estate work, and they’re all fantastic.
  3. Invest in your learning as a realtor—this is the best way to stay in the game.

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Aug 18, 2017

Moral of today’s story: don’t ever share your title with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Belinda saw the frustrating effects of such a scenario play out while dealing with a short sale that just got WAY too complicated. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Belinda Fulton, a realtor with 25 years of experience working in the Cleveland area of Ohio.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:35 – Leigh introduces Belinda
  • 00:49 – Belinda started in real estate in 1994, marking her 25th year in the practice
    • 00:55 – Belinda is in the Cleveland area
    • 01:07 – Belinda also lectures in real estate law and pre-license education
  • 02:20 – Belinda is sharing this story as a precautionary tale
    • 02:23 – “You should never give a title to your boyfriend or girlfriend”
    • 02:26 – There are short sales where foreclosure can happen at the same time
    • 02:40 – The banks called Belinda about a foreclosure they needed to sell
    • 02:47 – Upon checking the listing, it had a lot of issues
    • 02:57 – The owner was alone on his mortgage, but he gave half of the title to his girlfriend
    • 03:10 – Then, the owner met someone on the internet and went to California
    • 03:17 – The girlfriend was left behind and she got married to someone else
    • 04:04 – Leigh calls the story crazy plus two
    • 04:14 – Belinda got a buyer with a good offer and was just waiting for the bank’s approval
    • 04:25 – Belinda got a call from the title company, telling her that there’s a new name on the title that has lien and that it needs to get paid first
    • 04:31 – It’s an IRS tax lien that belongs to the new husband
    • 05:20 – The Dower law applies to the new couple
    • 06:14 – The bank is holding some of the inventory of the house and it still hasn’t been fixed
  • 07:00 – In the past, it’s easier to communicate with the local bank regarding short sales
  • 07:39 – Leigh recommends that realtors to educate themselves before handling short sales
  • 08:00 – As a consumer, ask other realtors about the situation before engaging in a short sale
  • 08:42 – Belinda recommends for you to learn the agency relationships
    • 08:51 – Take advantage of your onboarding training
  • 09:56 – Belinda always tries to be in the buyer or seller’s position
  • 10:18 – Reach Belinda by email
  • 10:47 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Before getting involved in a short sale, make sure you are knowledgeable about the stipulations so you’ll be able to handle the ins and outs of the transaction.
  2. Girlfriends and boyfriends should never have a part of the title as you’re not legally together.
  3. As a realtor, understand agency relationships by heart.

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Aug 15, 2017

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” – a lesson Buddy West learned in a very humbling way when he was out showing a house to a man whom he thought was a drug dealer. When you’re in the real estate industry, it’s incredibly important to not prejudge your clients. Instead, ask the right questions and be open-minded, fair and open with all who come seeking your help. Listen to find out just who Buddy’s shady-looking client really was and some other crazy stories Buddy has accumulated along the way.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:27 – Leigh welcomes today’s guest, Buddy West
  • 00:36 – Buddy is a legend in the real estate industry
  • 00:57 – He has been in real estate for 33 years
  • 01:08 – He caters to the Delaware area
  • 02:12 – Buddy will share 2 stories
  • 02:18 – 1st story: Don’t pre-judge people
    • 02:28 – One Sunday, Buddy got a phone call to look at a listing
    • 02:51 – Buddy went to show a high-priced house
    • 02:59 – He pulled up to the house and found a guy who looked like a member of the Grateful Dead
    • 03:14 – After Buddy showed the property, the guy told him he wanted to check another property 6 miles away
    • 03:17 – Buddy called for an appointment
    • 03:23 – He offered a ride to the client and said he’d drop him off again at the first house they met
    • 03:33 – Buddy asked if the client was paying cash or was financing
    • 03:51 – Client said he’d pay cash and is capable of paying up to $550K
    • 03:56 – Buddy immediately thought this guy was a drug-dealer
    • 04:06 – Upon showing the 2nd house, the client said he liked it and that he’d buy it
    • 04:21 – Buddy asked the client why he wanted to work with him
    • 04:28 – Client goes, “because we have something in common”
    • 04:37 – He said they were both writers
    • 04:56 – Buddy found out this client was the writer for Spider-Man
    • 05:00 – His client was David Michelinie
    • 05:58 – “You don’t judge a book by its cover”
    • 06:58 – “Preconceived notions are going to kill you in the real estate business”
    • 07:44 – Ask good questions
    • 07:55 – Dave introduced Buddy to the illustrator of Superman, Brett Breeding, whom he also sold a house to
  • 08:07 – Buddy shares a story he has with Joe Clement, his partner
    • 09:28 – They were showing a house
    • 09:48 – The husband came out giggling
    • 09:57 – The bedroom vent had a hole in it with a camera lens pointing towards the bed
    • 10:14 – Buddy called the listing agent about the camera
    • 10:26 – The agent called the owner and found out the lady didn’t know about it
    • 10:33 – They went to the house, up to the attic and the VCRs were all set-up with an electrical line down to the neighbor’s electric outlet
    • 10:59 – The neighbor was video taping his estranged wife
    • 11:26 – The guy got arrested eventually
  • 12:32 – Buddy also shares about a pre-settlement inspection
    • 12:35 – He sent a realtor to his place because he had a schedule conflict
    • 12:47 – She walked in the buyer’s house only to find him dead on a chair
    • 13:04 – She was out of real estate not long after that
  • 13:35 – Real estate is an expensive business to be in
  • 14:03 – Realtors should stay calm to work through any difficulty in the business
  • 14:31 – Stop, think, and act
  • 14:49 – Buddy is one of the first people Leigh learned the business from in real estate
  • 15:39 – Start taking real estate classes
  • 16:06 – Reach out to Buddy at buddy@buddywest.com
  • 16:31 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. Stop judging people based on how they look—preconceived notions will really kill you in this industry.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask the right questions.
  3. Real estate business can throw you a whole array of experiences—stop, think, and act in every situation.

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Jul 28, 2017

In this episode, Leigh’s guest, Gary Balanoff talks about the importance of managing the relationship between developers and agent—Gary will also share his crazy story about the time an indecisive couple asked him to see more than 80 homes, before making a decision that would cost him his commission and a little bit of his sanity.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:39 – Leigh welcomes Gary Balanoff
  • 00:52 – Gary has been in real estate for 33 years
    • 01:10 – Gary worked as a broker for 18 years, and has lasted this long because he enjoys the process of working with buyers and sellers
  • 04:06 – A pastor was moving to town and needed a place in one area but the availability wasn’t great
    • 04:20 – They looked at more than 40 homes but there was always something wrong with each place
  • 04:38 – After looking at all the homes, the pastor eventually decided to call it quits—they decided to rent so Gary set them up with the rental manager. However, Gary kept looking
    • 05:02 – After 6 months, they resumed looking, and considered another 40 homes—more than 80 total now!—but again, told Gary there was just something missing in each home
    • 5:26 – Gary said those were the only ones that fit in their price range and they decided to rent for another year
  • 06:11 – Two months later, Gary closed a deal with a young couple and was welcoming them to the community when he asked if they had met their neighbors—they said YES, and dropped the pastor’s name!
    • 06:48 – Three months before that, Gary had shown them that particular home
    • 07:04– Gary went to the model center and asked why he did not receive his commission
    • 07:28 – He was told that the couple signed the contract 40 days after they signed the 30-day registration period
    • 07:51 – As a new home builder, they need the cooperation of agents
    • 08:20 – Two months after that, the company declared bankruptcy and the builder went out of business
  • 09:02 – Leigh says buyers and builders do not understand what value a realtor brings when they are buying – they serve as a 3rd set of eyes and ask the questions others may not think to ask
  • 10:01 – Gary had a chance to work again with the young couple   
    • 10:40 – They spotted a new development and told the agent they were working with Gary and the agent called him
    • 11:01 – Gary was present for the actual contract writing to make sure they got everything they were really looking for—he also helped them with the move-in process and Gary got an extra bonus on top of his regular commission
    • 12:01 – The builder was kind enough to recognize that Gary was working with them and put him on the contract
  • 12:15 – The bottom line is to be proactive in your relationships with all people
  • 12:37 – Leigh says the main task of an agent is to make sure the clients is protected, that they have quality construction and a good location
  • 13:18 – Gary says to always do the right thing by your client—if you make sure you take good care of people you’ll do well
  • 14:38 – Gary always asks his client how they want to be represented
  • 15:19 – Gary thinks there is a decline in the overall ethical standards as people are leaning on the state standard of transaction brokerage and clients do not get the first-class service they deserve
  • 16:01 – Mess with a client’s finances, and you’ll get sued (and lose)
  • 16:36 – Gary says he knows a productive realtor who is easy to work with, Gary always asks if they have a flexibility in price and the guy says to give him an offer and he can make it work
    • 17:18 – They got a deal for $255k from the original $275k 
    • 18:18 – Gary says the guy was so willing to work with him, he thinks he might be a marketplace farmer, taking advantage of sellers
    • 18:32 – Leigh offers that the guy might have been given instructions by his client that time was more important than the price, but agrees there are agents who will short sell their clients to get the deal done
    • 19:04 – Gary says he is convinced the guy could have gotten a higher price if he was not so obsessed about getting the deal done
  • 19:42 – Leigh says we never know what happens behind closed doors and all we can do is focus on our side
  • 20:43 – Gary says people’s motivational status is a roller coaster
    • 21:02 – People will change their mind with deals often and he has learned that people who have the most to lose always lose the most
    • 22:08 – Those who are going into foreclosure will take the first offer that comes along and forgo any negotiation
    • 23:16 – In a negotiation, if you are in the weaker position, agents can only do so much
  • 23:57 – Check out garybalanoff.com or call Gary at 407-366-9797
  • 24:24 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  • As a new builder, you will grow your company by working well (ethically) with agents—fail to do it, and you will fail as a builder
  • As an agent, you must be proactive in all your relationships.
  • You never know what happens behind closed doors so don’t make assumptions about other agents.

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  • Audio Production by Chris Mottram
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
  • Cover Design by Two Minds Design
  • Original Music by Rimsky Music
Jul 25, 2017

The last thing you you want to see during a closing is two people fighting. But the VERY last thing you want to see is two mothers fighting. But that’s what realtors Andrea Murphy and Morgan Bowling, were facing when they had to close on a home in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Want to learn how they averted disaster? Tune-in to this week’s episode of CSIRE to find out!

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:38 – Leigh introduces Andrea and Morgan
    • 01:08 – Andrea and Morgan are from Louisville, Kentucky
    • 01:13 – Andrea has been in the business for a little over 4 years
    • 01:15 – Andrea is Morgan’s managing broker
    • 01:18 – Morgan has been in the business for a little over 2 years
  • 01:34 – Andrea and Morgan have survived the crucial years of real estate
  • 02:49 – Andrea and Morgan share their story
    • 03:05 – Morgan listed a property
    • 03:14 – The person on the deed was unmarried, in jail, and only had a power of attorney through his mother
    • 03:35 – The mother completed the title work page, but marked that the seller as “married”
      • 03:42 – Morgan didn’t know that the seller was married
    • 04:25 – Apparently, the husband was not only estranged but also in jail
    • 05:50 – Andrea went to jail to talk to the sellers in person
      • 06:07 – With two sellers on the deed, there need to be two powers of attorney
    • 07:38 – Unfortunately, the seller already had a visitor so Andrea wasn’t able to see him
    • 07:40 – Andrea had to go back to jail on a Saturday at 7AM
      • 08:20 – Andrea was able to talk to the seller, and ask him to sign a power of attorney
      • 09:07 – The seller said he would sign if Andrea will talk to his mother
    • 09:20 – She talked to the mother and said that they wanted her son’s things from the house
    • 09:42 – Morgan called the wife’s mother (the other power of attorney) to inquire about the husband’s belongings
      • 09:45 – Unfortunately, she had thrown out the belonging
    • 10:45 – Eventually the husband made his mother power of attorney
    • 11:00 – Morgan now has 2 power of attorneys that needs to be forwarded to the title company
    • 11:15 – Morgan called the mothers and informed them the schedule of the closing
      • 11:25 – Both mothers told Morgan that they shouldn’t be in one place together or hell will break lose
      • 12:00 – Morgan arranged have the mothers will come at different times to the closing
    • 13:10 – Fortunately, the transaction closed and everyone got paid
  • 13:38 – The buyer’s agent was very cooperative even though the buyers themselves were upset with the delays
    • 15:10 – Professionalism at all times pays dividends
  • 15:20 – The value of commitment and tenacity
  • 16:09 – Morgan reaches out to Andrea when she needs help
    • 16:25 – Why they make an amazing team
  • 18:36 – Reach Morgan through her mobile at 502 315 9975 and email
  • 18:58 – Get in touch with Andrea at 812 589 9312 and email
  • 19:55 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Even when you’re stuck between two highly hostile clients, it’s your obligation as a professional to keep the peace and remain dignified.
  2. Going the extra mile to get a deal DONE is always worth it.
  3. Take every experience as a learning opportunity, and be thankful there were people willing to help you through it.

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Jul 21, 2017

Sometimes, being a realtor means sticking it out for clients in the most dire situations. For Peter Murray, sticking it out meant showing 3 houses even though he had a puddle of blood pooling in his shoe. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Peter Murray, an agent for Re/Max Results who has been in real estate for almost for years. Peter decided to be brave and persevere through three unconventional house showings, even if it cost him a foot injury in a house that was still very much under construction.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:38 – Leigh introduces Peter
  • 00:41 – Peter is with Re/Max Results in Frederick, Maryland
  • 00:47 – Peter has been a licensed realtor for almost 4 years now
  • 00:57 – 85% of new licensees give up after just 2 years, making Peter a survivor
  • 01:50 – Peter shares his story
    • 01:53 – Peter was showing houses to a buyer in a limited market
    • 01:58 – Maryland is a busy market
    • 02:02 – Houses go quickly and stay on the market for an average of 22 days
    • 02:16 – In Peter’s particular market, sellers were buying 3-BR houses and converting them to 5-BR houses to accommodate bigger families
    • 02:30 – Peter always tries to accommodate his clients
    • 02:41 – Peter’s buyer was currently out-of-state
    • 02:48 – The best way to show his client the houses was through a Facetime call
    • 02:53 – Leigh tried Facetiming her client as well
    • 03:12 – Just describing the house was never enough
    • 02:27 – One house was still under construction, one was almost 5 years and another one was a fancy, newly-constructed house
    • 03:52 – Before starting his Facetime call, Peter set the expectations for his client regarding the house that was still under construction
    • 04:29 – Peter went to the showing in his suit even though there was mud everywhere
    • 04:50 – The buyer wanted to see the back of the house from the deck
    • 05:50 – Peter was trying to avoid the mud pits in the back of the house by being careful with where he was stepping
    • 06:37 – Peter got a bit over confident and he ended up stepping on a nail that was attached to a board
    • 07:31 – The nail went through Peter’s shoe, right through to his foot
    • 07:52 – Peter had to pause the Facetime chat with the buyer and listing agent
    • 08:27 – Peter pulled the board out of his foot because the nail was still attached to it
    • 08:38 – It didn’t hurt much and Peter thought the he was okay, he told his buyer not to worry
    • 09:16 – When Peter looked down, there was a puddle of blood
    • 10:09 – Peter still ended up finishing the 3 showings with an injured foot
    • 10:52 – Peter has been carrying around a first aid kit, but it’s still unused, even after his foot accident
    • 11:06 – Peter checked his foot and the listing agent wanted to see it too
    • 11:35 – There was actually a hole in Peter’s sock
    • 12:17 – Peter shares a story of a pitcher who has a similar story to him
  • 12:46 – Leigh wants clients to understand something from Peter’s story
    • 13:01 – As a realtor, if you don’t get your people under contract, they might miss the house
    • 13:15 – Going to an urgent care facility for a couple of minutes may cause your clients to miss out
    • 13:26 – Professionals need to learn how to be like a soldier
  • 13:46 – Peter has shown great commitment as a realtor
  • 14:42 – The relationship between realtors and agents can definitely change in every transaction
  • 15:23 – Reach out to Peter through his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
    • 15:40 - Peter’s website is com
  • 16:25 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Stay committed to your profession and do your best for your client.
  2. There are times where you need to soldier-up as a realtor.
  3. Focus in on your task, especially if it is the difference between a sale or not.

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Jul 7, 2017

Chase after your seller’s dog who is running down the street or show the home to potential buyers? No one really thinks they’d have to ever make this choice with the exception of today’s guest, Chris Donaldson. Leigh welcomes Chris Donaldson, the man behind Donaldson Educational Services. Tune in to find the choice Chris made and how it all paid off in the end. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:33 – Leigh introduces Chris
  • 01:06 – Chris went to LSU and studied for 5 years
  • 01:45 – Real estate helped Chris pay for his 5th year in college
  • 02:31 – Chris has YouTube videos that are helpful and relatable to realtors
  • 03:36 – Chris has a lot of crazy experiences
  • 03:50 – There was one specific story that happened to Chris when he was still a young realtor
    • 04:08 – Chris was in his early 20s when he scored a listing that was out of FHA loan range
    • 04:53 – Chris had a pair of potential buyers
    • 05:06 – Chris showed up to a meeting with the buyers at the house, all dressed up
    • 05:23 – When Chris opened the door, the family dog ran between his legs, out the door, and down the street
    • 05:55 – Chris decided to go after the dog
    • 06:05 – It was summer and Chris was in a suit, running after the dog
    • 06:15 – Chris was calling the dog until he found it trying to get into another dog’s yard
    • 06:36 – Chris then dragged the dog back to the house and ended up missing his appointment
    • 07:04 – Chris went to a bar and was thinking about the buyers he lost
    • 07:22 – The seller called Chris asking him about the showing
    • 08:00 – The seller asked whose dog was in the house and why is it here
    • 08:11 – The dog tore the house up and Chris was fired
    • 09:06 – The seller called Chris again apologizing
    • 09:30 – The dog was actually the seller’s son’s dog and Chris got the job again
    • 10:31 – The house had rescued dogs before
    • 11:14 – It’s the things that realtors do behind the actual work that earns them their stripes
  • 11:37 – Realtors try to solve problems without even knowing the real deal
  • 12:05 – You cannot control everything in real estate
  • 12:58 – If you’re doing the business the right way, it will work out at some point
  • 14:55 – Find everything about real estate at com
  • 15:17 – Chris is on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter too
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3 Key Points

  1. Do the right thing—it WILL work out in the end.
  2. Great realtors go out of their way to do the work behind the actual work.
  3. There are many events in real estate that are unpredictable and uncontrollable—prepare the best you can and just go with it.

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Jul 4, 2017

When you hire out a truck, you don’t expect it to be used for illegal purposes—especially when it’s hired out to your local church. Unfortunately, today’s guest, Greg Gorman, has had to clean up a wide range of messes made by his clients. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Greg Gorman of Team Paradise in Naples, Florida to share some crazy moving truck experiences. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:40 – Leigh introduces Greg
  • 02:16 – In early 2000s, Greg decided to try their first moving truck
  • 02:25 – Leigh also has her own moving truck
  • 02:48 – On the first week of having the truck, they started advertising
    • 02:56 – One of the clients who sold her house wanted to rent the truck
    • 03:12 – After all the paperwork was done, the woman left with the truck
    • 03:15 – 15 minutes later, the woman called asking for help
    • 03:24 – The woman was less than 3 miles away from Greg’s office
    • 03:31 – When Greg saw the client, the truck was sitting up on 2 wheels
    • 03:50 – The client was in tears and felt horrible
    • 04:03 – The client still gave Greg 3 referrals
    • 04:44 – Greg parks their truck when it’s not in use; someone slashed its tires
    • 05:07 – They were really shocked seeing the slashed tires
    • 06:00 – Greg believes that having the truck was good advertising
    • 06:17 – Leigh and Greg use On The Move
    • 06:50 – Some would return the truck filthy and filled with some unpacked boxes
    • 07:13 – Greg would sometimes call the clients to follow up for the invoice or to get the truck
  • 08:01 – Greg shares another story that caught him off guard
    • 08:04 – David and Greg were at a party one Christmas Eve when Greg received a call
    • 08:14 – The call was from a car insurance agency asking Greg to pick up his moving truck from their impound lot
    • 08:34 – Greg’s truck isn’t just for moving but can be used for other purposes
    • 08:48 – One of their sister churches used their truck for their projects; one of their employees used the truck for their cocaine deals
    • 09:11 – They also stole some bicycles and put them in the back of the truck
    • 09:25 – The church called Greg to apologize as they were disappointed as well
    • 09:32 – When Greg got to the impound, there was a $500 tow fee
    • 10:00 – Greg found the owners of the bike and offered their services
  • 10:44 – We have to be careful with the company we keep
  • 11:27 – As a realtor, you always have to be stretching
  • 12:08 – There are truckers in Naples
  • 12:49 – Before taking on this truck, Greg had a client from Kentucky
    • 12:53 – Greg sold his condo for $1.4M
    • 13:07 – Greg also sold him a $4.2M elevated estate
    • 13:14 – This client moved his stuff using his convertible alone without any help
  • 13:56 – Having a professional realtor is important especially when you are moving
  • 14:26 – Find Greg and his team through com
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3 Key Points

  1. Using a professional realtor while moving is important—you need their support for this stressful process.
  2. A moving truck business has its pros and cons—see if it’s right for you.
  3. As a realtor, take your crazy experiences with a grain of salt.

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Jun 30, 2017

Imagine coming to a home where you’re scheduled to have an open house. You walk in to find that the house is a complete disaster and the only person to help you out is a young guy with no pants on. Unfortunately today’s guest, Karen Cruz, stumbled upon this very stressful scenario and had to find a way to make this boy hustle and get things done. Dubbed as the Queen of Investment Properties, Karen Cruz has been in real estate for 20 years. Tune in to find out just how hard a realtor will hustle for their client...

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:35 – Leigh welcomes today’s guest, Karen Cruz
  • 00:50 – Karen is located in Moorestown, New Jersey and has bought and invested in real estate for 20 years; she has now decided to help friends and family buy and sell property
  • 01:10 – Leigh says there are more people trying to figure out investment in realty
  • 02:07 – Karen was approached by another agent to do an open house of a town house in Moorestown, New Jersey as she had to go out of town unexpectedly
    • 02:25 – Karen was getting ready for the open house but the room where the signs were was locked, so she asked her husband to get her some from the store
    • 02:42 – Karen arrived at the house and there was a young man who did not have his pants on
    • 03:14 – It was 30 minutes to open house and the house was littered with beer cans, empty wrappers, nerf guns and the like
    • 03:40 – Karen and the guy had to clean the house really fast
    • 04:31 – After cleaning the kitchen, Karen checked the rooms and all the rooms were a mess
    • 05:22 – Karen was cleaning the room and a curtain rod fell on her head
    • 06:02 – After cleaning the rooms, Karen asked the guy why his parents did not tell him about the open house
    • 06:18 – Karen realized she was in the wrong unit
    • 06:57 – All the houses all looked the same and there was a shared driveway
    • 07:18 – Karen arrived at the right house and saw a woman come in from the hallway who turned out to be the owner
  • 08:08 – Karen says realtors get things done under pressure
  • 08:37 – Leigh says the movie American Beauty shows a scene where Annette Benning’s character was realtor
  • 09:11 – The house is still under listing
  • 10:02 – After what happened, Karen thought she had to share her story with Leigh
  • 10:39 – Agents do not know what will happen during an open house and their spouses also play a role as Karen called her husband to help her out
  • 11:27 – Karen says the support system of realtors include their spouses
  • 11:42 – If you a buyer or a seller, you have to respect your realtor’s time with their partner
  • 12:35 – Karen says if you are looking at buying your first property: do your research, reach out to an expert and educate yourself
  • 13:03 – Leigh says find a mentor if you want to go into investment property and join courses
  • 14:07 – Contact Karen at 856-359-4971
  • 15:05 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Always check if you are at the right unit or you might end up cleaning someone else’s house.
  2. Make time for your partner as they are part of your support system.
  3. Do your research, look for a mentor and educate yourself if you want to start investing in property. 

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Jun 27, 2017

David Burke has been in real estate for close to 20 years and has had to create a system for showing homes near water. Long story short—he keeps towels and umbrellas stocked in his car for his clients. David shares two CRAZY stories that show the playful side of real estate, but also express the importance of being prepared! Leigh welcomes David Burke of Team Paradise, Think Naples, Pelican Bay and Grey Oaks.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:38 – Leigh welcomes today’s guest, David Burke
  • 01:00 – David has been in real estate for close to 20 years; he’s owned a real estate company and has also survived 2 crashes
  • 02:16 – David shares his most interesting story while working with a high end client in Gulf Shore Boulevard of Naples
    • 02:45 – David was working with a couple looking at the 3 and 4 million dollar range elevated residences
    • 03:33 – They were walking along the pool area when the wife exclaimed that she was feeling hot and needed to cool off
    • 04:03 – When David turned around, he saw that the wife was already in the pool with her clothes on and all the other residents were looking at David
    • 04:28 – The husband told David that his wife does this all the time and asked him if he had a towel in his car
    • 04:47 – After the wife cooled off, they went for a walk at the beach where David called his assistant to bring him towels
    • 05:22 – The wife was not wearing underwear and it showed when her outfit got wet
  • 05:51 – Within the same week, David also got to work with someone who was selling their property
    • 06:07 – While they were looking at the property, the client’s Shar Pei gets out because it saw the neighbor’s pot-bellied pig
    • 06:21 – The client was a mid-70 year old retired sergeant who just laughed at the scene
    • 06:44 – The dog’s hair was sticking to David’s all black outfit while the pig wanted to come in through the dog door
    • 07:35 – The pig was a family pet and was large; it couldn’t fit through the dog door
  • 08:19 – David now keeps towels, four umbrellas, a lint roller and a breath mint in his car
  • 09:33 – David says he likes his clients to experience the whole experience of living in Naples and the beach
  • 09:58 – The couple bought a unit in the building and ended up also buying a penthouse
  • 10:17 – When the condominium had its open house, those who witnessed the incident told the story of the woman and they are a well-loved resident of the area because they are down to earth
  • 11:25 – David had a conversation with the Shar Pei owner about how to handle showings in the future
  • 11:57 – David said he was more concerned about the safety of the dog rather than wondering if the client was offended
  • 12:24 – David says he used the experience to have a bonding moment with the client
  • 12:34 – Leigh says realtors are also thinking about the safety of your dogs so it is just better to take them to a safe place away from the house when you have a showing
  • 13:14 – David says to ask your client if they have a pet and what the personality of their pet is
  • 14:03 – As a realtor, you can offer to reimburse the fee for the dog day care up to a certain number and clients will appreciate this
  • 14:49 – Realtors can bring that personable factor and provide solutions when you want to sell your house as opposed to just posting it on a website
  • 15:18 – Check out David’s team at Team Paradise, Think Naples, Pelican Bay and Grey Oaks and call him at 239-784-2831
  • 16:07 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. If you are a realtor who’s selling beachfront properties, always have a towel ready in your car.
  2. Think fast and act just as quickly for whatever the situation calls for.
  3. Realtors bring that human factor to selling your home as opposed to just posting your property on a website.

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Jun 23, 2017

Three decades in real estate means countless experiences of CRAZY to share. Listen as today’s guest Terry Smith shares how her dinner date with her clients turned into an emergency situation with the police as their star guests. Terry is a realtor from Fort Worth, Texas who believes sharing a ride (and dinner) with your clients is the best way to make a connection.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:34 – Leigh welcomes today’s guest, Terry Smith
  • 00:39 – Leigh met Terry online with a group of tech savvy realtors
  • 01:01 – Terry lives in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 01:07 – She’s been in real estate for 30 years
  • 01:54 – Terry’s experience happened when she was showing a property in Texas
    • 02:03 – They decided to eat dinner on their way back
    • 02:09 – As soon as they pulled into the parking lot, the driver (buyer’s husband) got into a conversation with a biker who just pulled up
    • 02:22 – They didn’t know what was going on so the wife jumped out of the car to support her husband
    • 02:26 – Terry called 911
    • 02:39 – She saw 2 men running across the street with guns – and she realized they were the police
    • 02:57 – Later, they found out the wife had a gun in the car
    • 03:05 – The biker guy was just pulling something out of his vest when the police came running down the street
    • 04:22 – The couple bought the house
    • 05:09 – There was another instance with the couple where their truck got stuck in the mud and the husband had to dig the truck out
  • 05:40 – Leigh believes driving with your clients is the best time to get into a conversation with them regarding the house
  • 06:08 – Terry prefers to have her clients ride with her
  • 07:24 – 10 years ago, it was said that the internet will replace real estate
  • 08:02 – It’s hard for agents to know the market pricing in rural areas
  • 08:33 – Terry sells real estate in neighborhoods in Fort Worth
  • 09:07 – Google is a wonderful resource to know more about real estate
  • 10:03 – Connect with Terry on her phone 817-715-7577, on her website, or on her email terry@terrysmith.com
  • 10:49 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. You never know what to expect in real estate, so always be prepared.
  2. Make ways to connect with your clients so that you can hear their feedback.
  3. Leverage the internet as a resource to learn more about real estate.

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Jun 13, 2017

Realtors shouldn’t be under a parent-child relationship with employers. Terri empowers realtors and agents to be entrepreneurs! Terri began a support/mastermind group of realtors who act as accountability partners and offer support to one another to accomplish their goals. This is changing the industry for this team and fostering an environment of camaraderie as opposed to competition. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Terri Jeffries who has been in real estate for 23 years. She is a managing broker of United Real Estate Chicago in the suburb area in Chicago.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:41 – Leigh introduces Terri
  • 01:05 – Terri is the managing broker of United Real Estate Chicago
  • 01:18 – Terri currently has 225 agents in the Chicago area
  • 01:23 – The brand rolled out in the Chicago market 5 years ago
  • 01:31 – Terri has been in real estate for 23 years
  • 01:54 – It’s now Terri’s job to empower her entrepreneurs
  • 02:24 – Some companies like to setup a parent-child relationship
  • 02:49 – Agents are entrepreneurs
  • 03:25 – In 1996, Terri signed up to Brian Buffini’s coaching program as an agent
  • 03:44 – 27 years later, as a managing broker, Buffini’s company had a program called “heat performers”
  • 04:17 – Terri adopted Buffini’s program and asked who wanted to participate
    • 04:28 – There were 9 women who joined Terri and Terri had her mentorship certification
  • 04:58 – Terri’s 12-week program started with the ladies’ business plan
    • 05:07 – In a few weeks, the plan will be solidified as a group
    • 05:17 – The ladies came up with the group name “P.O.W.E.R”
    • 05:48 – After the 12-week program, everyone had to write down on the wall where they needed help and wanted to be coached in
    • 06:23 – There were 9 big sticky notes with the ladies’ units and income goals
    • 06:30 – They’re still meeting after the 12-week program
    • 07:20 – The crazy thing is that they’ve set a common goal which is 182 closed transactions for the year
    • 07:44 – The group is already at 127 closed transactions
  • 08:05 – Mastermind groups are everywhere in real estate
  • 08:16 – What’s amazing with Terri’s group is they’re all in the same office
  • 08:40 – Most realtors don’t talk about where they can grow their skill set
  • 09:00 – The ladies in Terri’s group have become friends
  • 09:08 – 2 ladies from the group, Melissa and Tracy, are competing and yet they love each other
    • 09:37 – When they come to meetings, they’ll talk about how it was competing on the same listing and why they didn’t get the listing
    • 09:53 – The reasons can be talked about as a group and as a means to help each other
  • 10:12 – The group created a closed Facebook group for updates and support
  • 10:42 – Ruth, who has been in the same mentorship program with Terri, helps Terri when there’s a problem with the program
  • 11:11 – The consumer is also the real winner
  • 12:15 – There are realtors ranting about agents or other people on Facebook
    • 12:54 – “Put your own house in order”
  • 14:19 – Terri will roll out another group in the third week of June
  • 14:53 – An “Entrepreneurial mindset is so important”
  • 15:39 – Reach Terri by phone at 630-514-1459 and email
  • 16:38 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Mastermind groups are everywhere, but finding the right one for you takes a bit of trial and error.
  2. Realtors and agents are also entrepreneurs and they should treat every listing as their own business.
  3. It is important for realtors to help and learn from one another—it is not only nurturing for them and their career but also healthy for the industry.

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Jun 6, 2017

It’s the final walkthrough, everyone is happy and excited about the home, until one hears shrieks coming from the clients. Paula and her clients did not anticipate what would be in the freezer that merited a very deep clean of the home upon purchase. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Paula Mathofer, president of Arizona Association of Realtors. She is a realtor in Flagstaff, Arizona and shares her crazy story with us today.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:36 – Leigh introduces Paula
  • 01:25 – Leigh thanks Paula for all that she does for realtors in Arizona
  • 01:58 – Paula practices real estate in Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 02:06 – Paula lives on the mountain that had a ski resort that just closed down
  • 03:01 – Paula is a practicing realtor and a mom
  • 03:12 – Paula will finish her term as the president of Arizona Association of Realtors this year
  • 04:48 – Paula shares her Flagstaff story
    • 05:02 – Paula is 5’2 and she’s very good at climbing
    • 05:40 – Paula can fit through dog doors
    • 06:54 – Paula was in a house having a final walkthrough with clients
    • 07:04 – The clients came out of the house freaking out and panicking
    • 07:20 – The clients found a dead cat covered in tin foil on a cutting board in the freezer
    • 07:38 – The house was vacant and there was nothing left
    • 08:21 – Throughout the whole transaction, Paula was working with the seller’s sister
    • 08:45 – The cat was actually the previous home owner’s pet that she wanted to bring and bury at her new place
    • 09:34 – Paula and her partner did a deep clean of the house
  • 11:58 – Paula has donated her dyed hair in the past
  • 13:58 – AAR plays a one-on-one game with every member of congress and senate
    • 14:06 – Realtors play a big role in the overall economy
  • 14:38 – Realtors, as a culture and people, are hard-workers
  • 15:30 – Find Paula at her website and email
  • 16:32 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate 

3 Key Points

  1. Being small in size is an advantage for realtors – they can get into almost anything.
  2. It’s important to deep clean the house you’re putting up for sale, especially before the final walkthrough.
  3. Realtors play a significant role in the success and stability of our economy.

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Jun 2, 2017

You know those nails pops—the bumps or blemishes on a wall caused by wood studs shrinking—imagine having thousands of them on your newly constructed home.  Laura Czerwinski anticipated a few as they’re common with new builds, but THOUSANDS? Throw a new baby into the mix of transitioning into a new home and having repairmen coming in and and out, and you’ve got yourself a crazy story. In this episode, Leigh welcomes Laura Czerwinski, one of Leigh’s favorite clients who has a passion not just for building a house, but making it a home that you want to live in. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:21 – Introduction for today’s episode
  • 00:48 – Leigh introduces Laura
  • 01:25 – Laura and her husband decided to build their house in 2014 after the birth of their son
    • 01:33 – It was Laura’s third time building a house and her husband’s first
  • 01:40 – Laura and her husband didn’t have any idea what would happen after closing
  • 01:55 – “Real estate is not a moment in time, it’s the craziest thing in our lives”
  • 02:32 – Leigh was very supportive of Laura after what had happened to them after moving in
    • 02:57 – They encountered a lot of nail pops in their new home that needed to be repaired
    • 03:02 – They had thousands of nail pops, only after a few months
    • 03:59 – Laura did not have this problem with her first 2 homes to this extent
    • 04:20 – Laura has a newborn premature baby at home and people are constantly coming in for repairs
  • 05:13 – Laura’s builder is a giant national builder and they had decent communication with the project manager until closing
    • 05:42 – Laura had 3 project managers through the entire process of building
  • 05:56 – Laura suggests being persistent and to keep notes while building your house
  • 06:00 – Laura stayed positive and thought of her family to keep her going
  • 06:11 – Leigh told Laura that it’s better that the nail pops are happening now rather than later
  • 06:44 – Everything is not sitting well for Laura’s husband either
  • 07:26 – Laura always wants her house to be ready for a re-sell and to do things the right way
  • 08:39 – Laura enjoys building a house
  • 08:56 – “Home is where you make memories, it’s where you build your life”
  • 09:12 – Laura feels that it’s her responsibility to take care of the house
  • 09:34 – Laura converted a part of her previous house as a movie room when she and her husband got married
  • 10:02 – Laura’s previous house design was her interpretation of the things that make her happy
    • 10:28 – Every time we travel, every part of the hotel that we stay in should make us feel happy and relaxed
    • 10:56 – Laura wanted to replicate that feeling when she’s home, she wants to relax and rest
  • 11:07 – Laura goes crazy on articles stating how to make something look expensive or high-end
    • 11:28 – It’s about having a place of honor in your home
    • 11:38 – “It doesn’t have to be that you’re trying to pull off something looking expensive”
    • 12:26 – “I’m not trying to look expensive, I’m trying to look my style”
    • 12:34 – Go with things that make you feel good
  • 13:20 – Laura got a lot of great feedback from the desk manager at her previous home
  • 13:48 – Buyers look for something different in their house
  • 13:58 – Laura built the desk manager because she had an awkward hallway that didn’t make sense
  • 14:55 – “When you think of those little details on how you live every day, that makes sense”
  • 15:41 – There’s a lot of ideas online for designing and this is where Laura gets most of her ideas
  • 16:11 – Laura started a Facebook page, Cookie Cutter to Custom
    • 16:17 – People come together and give advice to each other for real projects that they can do
    • 17:09 – It’s a free website and there’s no need to purchase anything
    • 17:22 – Laura can give people recommendations that are low-budget and easy to do projects
    • 17:30 – There are also people who share what they’ve accomplished
    • 17:40 – Laura’s goal is for people to love where they live
  • 18:28 – There are also people who will talk on Laura’s channel on how to protect your home, how to decorate and where you can purchase things
  • 19:13 – Laura wants people to share and show off what they’ve done well
  • 19:27 – Follow Laura on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube
  • 21:22 – Laura’s house is now doing great and she has moved forward
  • 22:59 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Be patient, persistent and keep notes while in the process of building your house.
  2. Create a home where you want to build your memories with your family.
  3. There are people who have great ideas, but may be too shy to share—having a online group is a great space to do this.

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May 30, 2017

Sometimes the roles and responsibilities of realtors can be a bit fuzzy. Not only do they liaise on your behalf when it comes to selling or buying a home, but for Sarah Vander Vloet, they also become instant babysitters! Listen as today’s guest, Sarah Vander Vloet shares her hilarious experience with Leigh that expresses just how much trust a client can have in their realtor. 

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Time Stamped Show Notes: 

  • 00:43 – Leigh welcomes today’s guest, Sarah Vander Vloet
  • 01:35 – Sarah has been a licensed realtor in London, Ontario since 2011
  • 01:42 – She works alongside her husband, Mike, who’s been in real estate for 10 years
  • 01:47 – They sell real estate and comanage the StreetCity Realty Inc, a Canadian owned corporation
  • 03:06 – Sarah’s story has 3 parts: a home that took extra time and effort to sell, patient sellers, and trusting buyers
    • 03:21 – This happened last February
    • 03:23 – The house listed was an older home
    • 03:32 – For older homes, they sometimes don’t give the exact age of the property
    • 03:46 – This home was sold to the buyers a few years prior but they’ve outgrown the property
    • 04:02 – There was full disclosure of the house which included some water in the basement
    • 04:49 – It was listed for 30 days before it got an offer
    • 05:03 – The buyers were quite disappointed
    • 05:35 – They received a mutual release because the buyers were looking for a newer home
    • 05:43 – A month later, they received another offer – a conditional one
    • 05:58 – It was a low risk offer
    • 06:11 – All disclosures were given
    • 06:21 – 9 days later, they received another mutual release because the buyer’s home sale fell apart
    • 06:53 – The sellers had breaks throughout the process, but they feltl a little disappointed
    • 07:10 – 10 days later, there came another offer
    • 07:16 – The low-ball offer was not accepted
    • 08:12 – While everything was going on, Sarah was in correspondence with some interested buyers
    • 09:09 – They made an appointment
    • 09:27 – The buyer was caught in traffic and texted Sarah that he would be late
    • 09:44 – A van pulled up and the buyer’s wife was going to work—she left the kids with Sarah in the front yard
    • 10:12 – It happened too fast that Sarah’s brain couldn’t keep up
    • 10:43 – She realized she was the babysitter and waited until their father arrived
    • 11:16 – The buyer arrived in a few moments and they ended up buying the home
  • 12:49 – You should know who you’re meeting
  • 14:00 – The public is spending a lot of time with their realtors
  • 15:30 – Sarah remembers coming home and telling her husband about how she randomly ended up babysitting
  • 17:00 – Reach Sarah through her phone 519-777-7205, on Leading London, or by email sarah@leadinglondon.ca
  • 17:58 – Tweet Leigh Brown for your very own crazy story in real estate

3 Key Points

  1. Not being able to sell a home can be frustrating, so appreciate those clients who remain patient.
  2. Communication is of the utmost importance.
  3. As realtors, be prepared to go above and beyond the call when it comes to your service.

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